Prepare now, learn how…
An emergency situation or an evacuation can be a frightening and confusing time. It is important to be educated about the steps you can take to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
Senior citizens being evacuated during emergencies should take with them any other equipment or devices they may need immediately. As a senior, basic items you should keep in an easy-to-reach place may include:
Assistive devices such as canes, walkers, hearing aids (extra hearing aid batteries), breathing apparatus, etc.
Prescription eyewear and footwear
Extra medications and vitamin supplements
Copies of prescriptions
Extra dentures (if required) and cleaner
Personal papers, identification; and
List of names and telephone numbers (such as family members, doctor, case worker, seniors group contact person, etc.).
Seniors in high-rise buildings
High-rise buildings present different challenges in an emergency. Residents should make themselves aware of:
All escape routes and location of emergency doors/exits on each floor
Location of emergency buttons
The building’s evacuation plan
The building superintendent’s phone number
Who sits on the Building Safety Committee
Who are the floor monitors in the event of an emergency
The names and phone numbers of onsite doctors and social workers
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For more information, visit www.emergencymanagementontario.ca